Former India chief selector MSK Prasad has said that Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, and Rahul Tewatia are his top-4 for the finisher’s role in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which will be held in Australia.
Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik has played some very good knocks for his side in the Indian Premier League 2022 and he has also bowled some pretty good overs. Also, Dinesh Karthik and Rahul Tewatia have shown their power-hitting skills and have finished the games for their respective teams in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Prasad has said that Karthik and Tewatia should be given the opportunity, ahead of World Cup, in India’s home series against South Africa, which will be played in June.
“Hardik, Jaddu, Karthik and Tewatia are my top four for the finisher’s role. DK and Tewatia have been brilliant in this IPL and Hardik has made a good comeback. The World Cup is still some time away but the likes of DK and Tewatia should get their opportunity.
“If you look at DK, he has consistently done well for India in the T20 format, Nidahas Trophy being the highlight,” Prasad told PTI.
He added that the GT skipper Hardik will be India’s one of the main players in the ICC Men’s T20 World 2022 in Australia.
“He [Hardik] will be one of your main players in Australia where the T20 World Cup is. But I also want to see him bowling regularly. We will need his all-round skills Down Under,” Prasad added.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should be back bowling together for India – MSK Prasad
Former India chief selector opined that India will need a pacer like Umran Malik in the World Cup, who can regularly clock 150 kmph. Also, he said that the spin-bowling duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should once again play together for India.
“Shami and Bumrah are your frontline pacers but you also need a bowler who can regularly clock 150 kmph. Umran has been doing that. It is also heartening to see Kuldeep and Chahal doing well for their IPL and should be back bowling together for India,” said Prasad.
Meanwhile, Sarandeep Singh has said that the GT captain can’t play as a pure batter for India and he needs to bowl regularly to be a part of the Indian team. He also talked about the cases of Tewatia and Karthik and said:
“He [Hardik] can’t just play as a batter in the side. You lose out on a crucial bowling option that way. DK can be given a go but can he play only as a batter with Rishabh donning the gloves, I am not so sure about it. But he has certainly made a case and he has got all the experience.
“He also has the ability to change his role if wickets fall in a heap. Tewatia too has done well in the IPL but I doubt if he could replicate his form in Indian conditions in Australia. The bowlers are likely to bounce him out I feel,” added the former India spinner.
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